For those who ended up using their paychecks quite fast and much to their regret, having a birthday of a loved one is a nightmare. There is no time to wait to give them a birthday present, and sometimes they await your present eagerly as you gave the best presents and other reasons are always there. So if you have some time, or can make some time, here are some do-it-yourself gift ideas. If you do the job right, then it will have the same look as a store bought item.
For those who like to leave beverages around the house, this can come as a small reminder as well. Agate is characterized by the bright rings of color and is good looking enough to fit into any interior decoration theme. To make this simple gift you need cardboard, tape, scissors, agate prints, spray glue, gold or other shiny spray paint and a mod podge.
Then stencil the agate print onto cardboard (2 cardboard pieces are required for each agate coaster). Following the stencil, tape two pieces of the cutout stencil together until completely bound and covered with tape. Then spray paint them with the shiny paint. Then glue the agate prints onto the spray painted cardboard piece. By applying a layer of mod podge you make them waterproof. After leaving them for a while you are done.
Instead of the regular paraffin ones, soy candles in Australia are preferred due to their longer burning time, natural ingredients, and non-toxicity. To make these you will need soy wax, a salsa jar or other small jar, wicks, wick stickers, wick bar, jasmine oil, dye chips, thermometer and a small pouring pitcher. Firstly you will melt the wax using a double broiler (around till 185 0F) and then add the color ships and gently stir until the chips have melted.
Then add the jasmine oil for fragrance by removing the melted wax from heat and stirring well while adding the oil. Then while the wax is cooling add the wick sticker on the bottom of the wick and put the wick in dead center of the small jar you picked. When the wax has cooled to around 125 0F, pour it into the glass jar with careful handling. Then place the wick bar onto the jar and connect the placed wick with the wick bar until taut. Allow to cool overnight at room temperature.
DIY gifts are much easier to make and are more meaningful to the receiver and they can use this candle while having a Numi tea. The only downside is actually finding time to make these items as they tend to take up a day or so for a good finished product.